Welcome to Het Steen, the hotspot for anyone visiting Antwerp. In this centuries-old castle you’ll not only find a Visitor Centre and a cruise terminal, but also the interactive experience The Antwerp Story, which is the perfect introduction to the city. After a visit to Het Steen, you’ll be ready to explore the rest of Antwerp.
Oldest preserved building in the city
As the oldest preserved building in the city, Het Steen has fulfilled numerous functions over the centuries, from a castle to a prison and from a residence to a museum. After undergoing a thorough renovation, the building is now an eye-catching Visitor Centre brimming with tourist information. A fairy tale location and the perfect place to start your visit to Antwerp.
Welcome to the Visitor Centre
Are you looking for a city map, information about attractions or tickets for a walk or a tour? Then step into the Visitor Centre. The multilingual staff will be happy to help you. You will also find many fun Antwerp souvenirs, tasty local products and numerous gadgets. And don’t forget to take a look at a section of the old castle wall, where you can examine a piece of history from almost one thousand years ago.
Discover The Antwerp Story
One floor up you’ll find a brand new attraction: The Antwerp Story. Follow the experience trail and discover, room by room, more about the fascinating story of Antwerp. The interactive rooms and multimedia rooms will tell you all about the history of the city and will introduce you to the different districts, the museums and the inhabitants in no time. Keep your smartphone or notebook to hand, because one thing is certain: The Antwerp Story will provide you with plenty of inspiration for your visit to Antwerp.
Unique mooring place for cruise ships
You’ll immediately notice the location of Het Steen, right on the riverbank of the Scheldt, which plays a crucial role in the life of the city. The wide river brings enormous cargo ships to the port and large and small cruise ships to the city centre. Thanks to the new pontoon and the recent cruise terminal in Het Steen, cruise passengers are welcomed with open arms and can walk straight into the historic city centre.
Breathtaking view over the Scheldt from the roof terrace
Would you like to admire a stunning view? Climb the tower to Het Steen’s roof terrace and you will not be disappointed. You’ll be able to look out over the river, the city and the port. When a cruise ship is leaving or arriving, this is the ideal location from which to wave the passengers off or give them a warm welcome.
You see, Het Steen is the ideal starting point for your visit to Antwerp.